A display of unique prints created by people from across Tayside with long-term health conditions was celebrated at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA).
The unusual collection of prints was created by participants of the ST/ART@DCA spring school programmes, part of Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust’s (THAT) well established partnership with the DCA Learning Programme.
Participants living with a long-term condition, such as stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain, have attended spring school programmes in February and March.
DCA learning staff, print studio tutors, and THAT volunteer artists worked closely with 12 participants during two different spring school programmes. One programme explored photo-etching and the other programme focused on photo-screen printing.
The celebration reception in the Create Space at DCA marks the conclusion of the spring programme and the selection of the art work by the participants will be on display there until Tuesday, 19 March.
Some of the participants’ comments included:
- “Brilliant programme. Great support from the artists, very creative and supportive.”
- “It has been a good mix in the group. Laughter and chat has benefitted everyone.”
- “I feel happier, tired in a good way, confident, really enjoyed learning something new.”
THAT project coordinator Chris Kelly said, “This celebration is a fantastic showcase for the spring schools and an acknowledgement of every participant’s achievements and the high quality work that they have produced.
“These events in DCA are key to recognising the achievements of participants and encouraging them to share that experience with other people.”
Scott Hudson, DCA learning coordinator, said, “The ST/ART@DCA project partnership is an important ongoing strand of our programming and each celebration is keenly anticipated here at DCA.
“Being able to work in the Print Studio for these classes allows participants to get a real flavour of how a professional print studio works and lets them see that there are opportunities for them to take things further if they wish to.
“It is great to be able to coincide this celebration with our DCA 20 years anniversary weekend. We are always aiming to bring people into DCA who may otherwise think that this kind of activity is beyond their abilities and this is a very strong example of partnership working in the community.”
ST/ART is an arts project primarily for stroke and acquired brain injury participants across Tayside, which is run by THAT in association with NHS Tayside.
DCA Learning Programme has support from RJ Larg Family Trust and the Leng Charitable Trust.